ARCHIVE: Entry Level Stewardship Handbook 2005 (PB10355)

When you join Entry Level Stewardship this handbook will form part of your legal agreement with Defra. Please retain this handbook for the duration of your agreement.

You can apply for Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) via the internet or by post. To find out how to apply via the internet see section 1.3.2.

If you want to apply by post and you have not received a pre-filled application form and set of application maps with this handbook, you will need to follow these steps:

Read sections 1 and 4 of this handbook to check that you and your land are eligible for ELS

Check that all the land you wish to enter into the scheme is on the Rural Land Register (RLR). See section 1.2.1 for guidance about the RLR

Make sure you have a ‘vendor number’. See section 1.2.2 for guidance about vendor numbers

Telephone your Rural Development Service (RDS) office (RDS phone numbers are listed at appendix 6 of this handbook). You will need to quote or confirm the following:
  1. Your name and correspondence address
  2. Your vendor number
  3. The County, Parish, Holding (CPH) number/s covering the eligible RLR land parcels you are entering into ELS (if you do not have a CPH number you will be provided with one when you register your land on the RLR)

You may also need to confirm one or both of the following:

  • Individual RLR field parcel number/s for any ineligible land registered under your CPH number/s, so that these parcels can be omitted from your application
  • Individual RLR field parcel number/s for any additional eligible parcels that are not registered under your CPH number/s.
You may also request the following forms:
  • Common land supplementary application form (ERDP/ES/COM 1) (see section 1.2.5)
  • Agent authorisation form (ERDP/AUTH 1) (see section 1.3.9)
  • Supplementary land ownership and control form (ERDP/ES/LOC1) (see section 1.2.3)
RDS will then send you the pre-filled application form and application maps that you need to prepare your postal application. See section 2 of this handbook for a step by step summary and detailed instructions for completing your postal application.
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